This week’s walks – week 04

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LOCHABER AND LORN RAMBLERS

The walk leader is to be contacted beforehand for meet-up and start times. Car sharing usually possible and people can try before they buy. Further information at www.lochaberandlorn-ramblers.org.uk. Lochaber and Lorn Ramblers Group can be contacted by email on info@lochaberandlorn-ramblers.org.uk

Sunday January 27:

Lower Glen Nevis circuit, Glen Nevis

A walk in this famous glen, along the River Nevis at the foot of Ben Nevis to the Lower Falls and back through the forest on the W side. Great winter scenery with a backdrop of snow-clad peaks.
Start from the Braveheart CP in Glen Nevis, NN120739. Take the footpath to the visitor centre then cross the new bridge and head S along the footpath on the E bank of the river. There is an old grave yard after about 4 Km.
Continue beside the river for further 2Km to join a track at Polldubh, which leads to the public minor road at the Lower Falls. Cross the bridge over the Falls and follow the road W for 300m to Achriabhach. Fork left on to the forest track and follow it gradually uphill until it curves N at 100m alt. Thereafter it levels and descends gradually for about 6Km back to the Braveheart CP.
Grade: L; distance: 12km; height to climb: 100m; map(s): LR41, EX392. Meet at Fort William WM at 9.45am, for start of walk at 10am. Leader: Gerry Gilbert 07765830203.

Thursday January 31:

Beinn Fhada and Stob Coire Sgreamhach, Glen Coe

An interesting approach, up the nose and along the crest of the first of the Three Sisters of Glencoe, leads to a shapely Munro at the head of the Hidden Valley.
Start from the CP off the A82 at the foot of the Lairig Eilde at NN187562. Take the path SW and cross the Allt Lairig Eilde (stepping stones). Head W up the slope towards the series of rock buttresses that form the flank of the nose of Beinn Fhada. Pass to the right of the first buttress to reach the foot of a ramp at NN178557, below the foot of the second buttress. Turn left and climb up steeply SSW up the ramp, stony at first but less steep and grassy further up. At the top of the ramp, NM175554, easier ground leads NW up to the crest of the ridge at NM174555.
Follow the ridge SW over several summits to reach the first Top, 931m, then the second Top, Beinn Fhada, 952m. Descend SW to reach a narrow col at 902m, the foot of the NE ridge of Stob Coire Sgreamhach. Direct onward progress is obstructed by a vertical rock pillar. Pass to the left along the base of the pillar for a few metres to reach a groove slanting back rightwards up the rock. Scramble up the groove to reach easier ground on the crest of the ridge and climb to the summit of Stob Coire Sgreamhach, 1072m. Descend the SE ridge to a col at 741m, just before a small summit. Turn NE and descend steep slopes to the floor of the Lairig Eilde and follow the path back to the start.
Grade: S; distance: 11km; height to climb: 1000m; map(s): LR41, EX384. Meet at Glencoe village CP at 8.45am, for start of walk at 9am. Leader: Ian Moir 07973 836498.

NEVIS HILLWALKING CLUB

Full walk details at www.nevis hillwalking.club. If anyone would like to go out on the walk please contact club secretary Suzanne Theobald on 01397 701783 or email enquiries@nevishillwalking.club.

Saturday January 26:

Carn Dearg, Glas Charn, Glen Oich

A different approach using a hill track that facilitates access from the N up to these remote hills, more often climbed from Glen Roy.
Start from the A82 at the entrance to Aberchalder Farm at NH342034. Limited parking is available in the vicinity or at the car park next to the canal swing bridge. Follow the farm road SW, then cross the river. Turn sharply E and continue uphill S for about 4km on the track to Glenbuck.
Leave the track and continue S uphill on rough ground to the summit of Carn na Larach, 745m. Turn SE down to a watershed then NE up to the summit of Carn Dearg, 815m. Descend NW, soon curving NE to a col, then continue up to the summit of Glas Charn, 790m. Descend NE at first, curving N to pass over two rocky prominences, 562m and 532m respectively. Continue N to converge with a footpath that descends gradually into Glen Buck, high above the Calder Burn. This becomes a track at a sheepfold and eventually turns NW along the edge of some deciduous woodland. At NH346032, take a footpath down through the woodland to reach Aberchalder Farm and return to the start.
17km, 950 ascent Suggested by Gavin Theobald; coordinated by Kate Willis.

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